Abilities: 25 pt Build as per Pathfinder Rules (Epic Hero)
Race: Dwarf, Human, Minotaur, Dragonkin, Kobold, Gearforged, Tielfing, Aasimar, Halfling, Half-Gnome or Half-Elf (Elf-Marked). No Elves, Gnomes or Dark Elves!
Half Elves must take free Elf-Marked feat, Humans can take Elf-Marked feat as extra Human Feat at Lev 1.
Southlands: For new characters starting in The Southlands, race options also include Gnolls, Tosculi, Trollkin, Kijani and Nkosi (or werelions).
Class: Any Pathfinder Class.
Traits: Choose 2 traits: 1 Midgard Trait PLUS ANY Pathfinder Trait. MCS p35 and SCS p71
Region (North): All characters start in Zobeck! Either:
A) Born and lived life in Zobeck- free class skill Knowledge Local (Crossroads) at Level One OR
B) Born elsewhere but lived last 10 years in Zobeck. – class skill Knowledge Local
(Crossroads.) – SPEND 1 RANK per LEVEL.
Region (South): All characters start in Siwal! Either:
A) Born and lived life in Siwal- free class skill Knowledge Local (Nuria Natal) at Level One OR
B) Born elsewhere but lived last 10 years in Siwal. – class skill Knowledge Local
(Nuria Natal.) – SPEND 1 RANK per LEVEL.
House: All characters bards by profession, collectors of “Mysteria”
Choose one FREE Bard Cantrip.
Choose one FREE Class Skill Perform (Percussion, Wind, String or Sing).
If a character is killed during play, a player may opt to start a new character. The new character should adhere to the Generation Rules above and can start out playing at the same LEVEL as the party.
Those players wishing to change characters for any other reason (i.e. just wanting to change) will start playing at one level BELOW the party Level, but can increase faster to gain equality at a time determined by the Games Master. (This penalty not applied at the start of SOUTHLANDS campaign).
Players wishing to play an NPC in addition to their main PC to cover a strategic gap in the party line up (e.g. playing a cleric because nobody wants to take on the role as a Player Character) will play the NPC at ONE LEVEL BELOW the party level. This will continue even when the Party Level is increased, i.e. the NPC will always be ONE LEVEL BELOW the party level.
In Midgard, prestige or status is a matter of importance. This attribute is generated at character creation like ability scores, but can fluctuate considerably more than other scores. See MCS p25
The STATUS ATTRIBUTE starts at 4 when using the point-buy system. Characters add their Charisma Modifier to their starting status. Status increases by special actions. See MCS p131 and p212
Status determines which player most NPCs will defer to. The player with the highest status ranking is the best-known and most respected PC of the party and all NPCs will address that person as the default party leader.
In some places, particularly in the region of THE SEVEN CITIES, which is continually war-torn, status is further defined and changed by factors directly linked to one’s actvities during battle. See MCS p131 Some of these modifications are listed in the table below.
|Captain of a Free Company||+2|
|Lieutenant of a Free Company||+1|
|Member of a Free Company||+1|
|Hostage for Ransom||+2|
|General in large formal battle||+4|
|Commander, small formal battle||+2|
|Leader of Siege||+4|
|Storm/defend Castle Walls successfully||+2|
|Take 10 or more prisoners in battle||+1|
In THE NORTH, Honour and Reputation mean everything. Status is more important here than anywhere else.
Regular meetings called THINGS are held throughout where feuds can be ended (or started).
Justice, Feuds and Wergilds (fines paid by offender to victim or family) are decided by majority vote at THINGS presided over by Elders.
Holmganga, a form of duelling, can be called upon if things cannot otherwise be resolved.
If things cannot be settled through Holmganga, then whole families, tribes can take to Feud.
Feasting and Hospitality are very strong traits in almost all Northern Kingdoms and the unwritten Code of Hospitality is usually strictly adhered to. See MCS p209 – p213
Modifications to Status in the North are listed in the table below.
|Break a Sworn Oath||-2|
|Break the peace of the THING||-4|
|Break Pledge of Hospitality||-3|
|Bring plunder from reaving||+1|
|Captain a reaving ship||+2|
|Kill your first troll||+1|
|Kill your first giant||+1|
|Kill your first dragon||+2|
|Use Black Magic||-2|
|Win a duel||+1|
Gunpowder and Airships
Atlhough there is a section in MCS p25 about Gunpowder and Airships, these are options and in my Midgard there will be NO GUNPOWDER. Some Airships will exist, built and run by the Dwarves of the Canton of Templeforge, but these are rare and travel by airship will be difficult to book and be extremely expensive.
Spells per Day
Spells per day REPLENISHMENT is permitted after a full 8 hour rest. Normal rules require a full 24 hours before spells can be replenished. Character usually requiring less to relearn can take advantage of this provided they have had eight hours rest. The rest period will count as a full REPLENISHMENT of “Spells per Day” capabilty.
Introductions from D&D 5e
Advantage and Disadvantage I will introduce this simple and effective method at times when it seems appropriate. (Roll 2d20 and take best for ADVANTAGE or worst for DISADVANTAGE)